Command Senior Enlisted Leader

Command Master Chief Karl W. Parsons

United States European Command CJTF-HOA Command Senior Enlisted Leader Biography

Master Chief Karl W. Parsons, a native of Portsmouth, Virginia enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1990. After completing basic training at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Florida, he attended CTO "A" school at Naval Technical Training Center Pensacola Florida and reported to Guam to begin his career in Naval Communications.

Master Chief Parsons' sea duty assignments include Direct Support, Naval Security Group Activity, Rota Spain, Commander Naval Special Warfare Development Group, USS ENTERPRISE (CVN- 65), and the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq, Striker Fighter Squadron EIGHT ONE (VFA-81), and most recently Carrier Air Wing EIGHT.

Ashore, Master Chief Parsons' assignments include Naval Security Group Detachment Guam, Naval Security Group Activity Norfolk and Center for Information Dominance Norfolk. He is a graduate of the Joint Special Operations Senior Enlisted Advisor course (Class 17), the National Defense University Keystone (Class 16-1) and has earned a Master's Degree in International Relations from Norwich University.

Master Chief Parsons' personal decorations include one Bronze Star, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, three Joint Service Commendation Medals, five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, four Joint Service Achievement Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Presidential Unit Citations, the Combat Action ribbon and various unit and campaign awards.

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